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Social Europe: Is an Uber a taxi?

Christopher Markou, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, writes about Uber and what challenges the company is facing in the UK and other European countries. “There are many reasons to be sceptical of Uber and its unrepentant brand of libertarian capitalism. Whether it is the shameless exploitation of drivers, its continued indifference to the needs of disabled passengers, or its downright brazen circumvention of legal regulation. Despite all this there is good reason to conclude that Uber, and other companies at the forefront of the so-called ‘sharing economy’, will eventually be brought into regulatory compliance.”

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